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Is Fab.com Selling a Real Carroll Dunham Print at a 75 Percent Discount?

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During an innocent online shopping adventure last weekend, this ARTINFO reporter noticed a strange item in Fab.com’s “Unframed Fine Art” section that was labeled “Dunham?Green Extension.” The reproduction print, made by Capital Arts, definitely appears to mimic painter Caroll Dunham’s genitalia-centric style, with its amorphous figures, and bright abstract imagery.

The piece is most similar to a series of prints Dunham completed from 1988-95, which can be seen on his website, and features a central, T-shaped object reminiscent of a uterus. It is selling for $160, marked down from the original retail price of $450.

“The art created by Carroll Dunham is best seen in the context of a broader return to painting experienced in the 1980s New York art scene,” goes Fab.com’s contextualizing description. “Showing the clear influence of painters like Arshile Gorky and André Masson, Dunham’s approach is markedly lighter, emphasizing a cartoon-like exuberance through both color and form.”

Despite the print’s sketchy title, it’s not impossible that it could be the real deal. The Andy Warhol Foundation recently announced that it will be selling 96 signed and unsigned Warhol posters through the Fab.com in an attempt to liquidate the last of its holdings, with some priced as low as $160.

[Fab]

— Alanna Martinez

(Image courtesy Fab.com.)

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